Pennsylvania State University has concluded the investigation on the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity and decided to close the chapter for a period of three years.
The fraternity’s campus in State College has been reprieved of all recognition for the next three years following the conclusion of the investigation conducted by Penn State that found the allegations of sexual harassment, women defamation, drug and alcohol abuse unacceptable for a student organization.
After the March incidents that featured Kappa Delta Rho as the instigator to destructive behavior, the Interfraternity Council concluded that the student organization should not be stripped of its recognition. This new decision of Penn State University turned the tables and rightfully so.
Private Facebook pages belonging to the Fraternity were showcasing nude photographs of other female peers in compromising positions. Most probable, they were unaware of the photos being taken as most seem to be sleeping or otherwise be in no state of awareness.
These were not the only troubling aspects related to female students. Women defamation, sexist behaviors and all the trinkets that tag along were found to be true for the members of Kappa Delta Rho.
As of now, they are prohibited to take part in any activity being represented as a group, they cannot use the name Kappa Delta Rho or the symbols specific to the fraternity and they are barred from socializing with any other fraternity on the campus.
However, although the harsh punishment is directed at the student organization as such, individual members of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity are not yet under direct punitive actions. Penn State’s Office of Student Conduct stated that any members who will be found to have violated the University’s code of conduct is passible of severe punishment.
“We base this decision on the sum of misbehaviors exhibited by various members of Kappa Delta Rho”,
Damon Sims – the vice president of Pennsylvania State University for student affairs informed the Interfraternity Council.
Adding to the compromising and defaming Facebook released photos, Penn University declared that Kappa Delta Rho is guilty on inciting drug abuse, drug sale, alcohol use for underage students, as well as degrading pledges.
Harassment was present in more ways than one in the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. Some incidents reported rookie members forced to clean the house of the organization, being involved in violent impromptu boxing matches or planking on bottle caps.
Penn University is harshly condemning the behavior of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity and considers the retrieval of recognition as one minor justice token for the seriously inappropriate conduct.
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